Doug Smith represents clients on regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Department of Energy (DOE). He also provides counsel on climate change, energy technology, and renewable energy policy.
As General Counsel of the FERC from 1997 to 2001, Doug played a lead role in Commission policy initiatives on electricity, natural gas rates, pipeline certificates, and hydropower licensing reform. As Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy at DOE, he played significant roles in Departmental initiatives on electricity restructuring, the Climate Challenge program, and new energy efficiency standards.
Doug speaks frequently at conferences on energy regulatory issues. Doug has also been on the adjunct faculty at the George Washington University Law School, where he most recently taught a class on Energy and the Environment.
Doug is the coordinator of Van Ness Feldman's electric practice and serves as a member of the firm's Executive Committee.